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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette…

“It is the Late city that first defies the land, contradicts Nature in the lines of its silhouette, denies all Nature. It wants to be something different from and higher than Nature.” Oswald Spengler Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Sade and band to the rescue… Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Folded outdoor table umbrellas at a Hudson River restaurant at sunset. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… The spooky trees come alive at dusk… Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette… Met Museum visitors to the “Ugly Chic 1″ section of ...

Edible Flower Desserts for Valentine’s Day

What’s sweeter than a beautiful bouquet for Valentine’s Day? Sweet desserts made of edible flowers! Flowers aren’t just for garnishes to make dishes look pretty! Cookies, cakes, puddings, and ice creams can be enhanced with a bit of floral flavour! Roses, hibiscus, lavender, lilacs, carnations, pansies are just some of the flowers that are edible. To make today extra special and meaningful, surprise your sweetheart with one of these delicious desserts featuring edible flowers! Click on title or image to get ...

Results of My Ad Campaign to Increase Facebook Likes

Most useful things are constructed one piece at a time – and the pieces shift before they’re finally right. Last weekend I sprang for $120 across two days for a Facebook ad campaign to increase the Likes on my Yours In Books FB page. The true felt-cost was really only $65 thanks to a $55 “windfall” check from my brother a few weeks ago, tying up a loose end from our deceased father’s estate otherwise distributed years ago. It seemed appropriate ...

Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for Milk

Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for Milk

Every now and then there is something in the news that really gets me going! Right now it is chocolate milk. Why? Because the dairy lobby is pushing the FDA to approve the use of the artificial sweetener aspartame in chocolate milk. Sugar isn’t bad enough now they want to add excitotoxins to dairy products on the down low. Terrific idea – take milk which has many harmful side-effects and up the ante by adding excitotoxins! And this is how my tax dollars are being ...

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Blog Logo

A great, in-depth article I ran across. One of my favorite go-to places for ideas. Anyone new to blogging should check it out, one of the best websites for tips on just about anything related to blogging: http://www.problogger.net/blog/ This guest post is by Liane of the Blog Design Team. ___ After almost three years of blogging, and about the same time spent discovering my addiction to graphic design, I’ve come to realize that both of my passion go hand in hand. Blogging and design is ...

Virgin Traveler (the trilogy)

Before I start I want to say thank you to Lisa Brendal and Sugary Cynic fir the birthday hijacking of this blog and also thank everyone who stopped by to see the carnage and wish me a happy birthday. I feel the love…even if I didn’t taste the pie. I am intentionally jumping ahead a couple weeks on the trip to right the trilogy edition. I will take a break from the story after this and later write a couple of ...

How To Save Money On Frozen Foods!

How To Save Money On Frozen Foods!

Opinion by John Liming I admit it!  I am a fat guy and I am sometimes a lazy guy to boot! When I was working, before I retired, I used to come home from a hot, hard day at the plant and plop face down on my bed in an  air conditioned room contemplating whether or not to eat the evening meal--and wondering what to eat in case I did eat. I was usually too exhausted from slaving away at my steel forge(Temperatures ...

Green – Travel Theme

I love following Ailsa’s travels and viewing her wonderful photographs and this week her theme is “Green”.  Read more here My selection is from close to home - my garden. It will never feature in Home and Garden;  it is a tennis court, soccer pitch, fairyland, petanque pitch, campsite and, if I get the chance, a relaxing spot to unwind with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and a favourite book! I just love the different shades of green that you can see, depending on the weather and ...

Giant LEGO® Flowers take over Australia’s Outback

Go big or go home! LEGO® decided to go big! These giant LEGO flowers have been sprouting all over Australia’s landscape this summer as part of LEGO’s “Festival of Play,” to celebrate LEGO’s 50th anniversary in Australia. The life-sized iconic pine trees and flowers are the main attractions. At 66 times larger than the original size, these LEGO® bricks are quite the sight! The LEGO® Festival of Play is a nine month celebration of events and activities encouraging LEGO® fans, young ...

Crochet, now?

I figured out how to crochet!  Not well, but I was working on a headband that called for a crocheted border, and I did it!  It looks nice. A few of you may remember one of my previous attempts at crochet some time ago, and I got pretty frustrated with it.  I currently am working on practicing with dishcloths, as seen below, and am attempting that behemoth of first projects:  a scarf. I don't plan on replacing knitting with crocheting.  I just ...

Reveal Day with Dwell with Dignity

It was reveal day recently! After months of planning and hard work, members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Interior Design Society were able to present the apartment we completely furnished and designed for one very deserving family through the Dwell with Dignity organization. We were also able to personally meet the family of five and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. If you’re not familiar with Dwell with Dignity, it’s a non-profit group of interior designers and ...

Bill Bracket’s Steel Flowers

Natures beauty can be captured in so many ways & Bill Bracket has nailed it with his stunning metal blooms! Each and every piece is hand crafted without heat using a variety of tools to create the shapes and textures of his blooms. Carnations Hepatica Dahlia Chrysanthemum Orchid Lilies If you prefer the rusted look, well he does those too! The Rusted Look Working 7 days a week doesn’t sound like much fun to most of us but Bill Bracket does so with great pleasure, is it any wonder with ...

Stupid Sock Creatures

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were at our local Barnes and Noble rummaging through the clearance books.  One book caught my eye.  It was Stupid Sock Creatures by John Murphy.  I was intrigued. I bought the book.  At a couple of bucks, why not?  Besides being an utterly hilarious book, Murphy provides concise and clean directions on how to create your own stupid sock creature. Now, I’m not the best at following sewing directions, but I managed to eke out my own sock creature.  See him ...

Fun Flower Facts: Roses Named After Celebrities

As if fame and fortune wasn’t enough for celebrities, they even have flowers named after them! Photo Credit: http://www.nurseriesonline.com.au Marilyn Monroe Rose Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell, has a soft, creamy apricot colored hybrid rose named after her.  The rose is lightly scented and a classic beauty, which perfectly represents Marilyn’s timeless beauty. Photo Credit: http://www.rose-roses.com The Barbra Streisand Rose Barbara Streisand has said that if a flower was named after her, she would want it to smell good and be disease free. Botanists have since ...

Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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Winter Storm Warning

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Winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 am CST Wednesday…a wintry mix of precipitation is ongoing across much of the area and will continue to spread south and east through the remainder of the day. Ice accumulations of one quarter of an inch will be possible in all locations with accumulations possibly nearing one half inch south …

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How Cold Is Cold?

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I am taking a bit of a break from the Germany Travelogue to complain about the weather. Isn’t that what everyone does? Isn’t that one of our Constitutional Rights? Of course it is…there is some very fine print somewhere mixed in the First Amendment about weather related free speech. And…dare I say that no one is …

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Let’s Do The Time Warp Again

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A wise Arizona Indian chief once said, “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.” Wisely, Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time. In my opinion, this is a very logical observation. …

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The Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Canada

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While Fun Flower Facts is a flower blog, we think leaves can be just as beautiful as flowers. In fact, Albert Camus, a French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher, said it best: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Canada is a beautiful country, especially during the fall, when the trees …

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Radio-Treated Water the Answer to Global Warming?

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With all the climate changes and weird weather we’ve been having in recent years, global warming is a serious matter and environmentalists and scientists have been working endlessly to find some solutions. Irish professors at the University of Limerick believes they have found a way to increase the size and production of vegetable crops and bedding …

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The Supermoon

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The largest full moon of 2013, a so-called “supermoon,” will light up the night sky this weekend, but there’s more to this lunar delight than meets the eye. On Sunday, June 23, at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), the moon will arrive at perigee — the point in its orbit bringing it closest to Earth), a …

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